Doctoral Study Centre

The John Owen Centre runs a Doctoral Study Centre affiliated with Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary (Grand Rapids, Michigan).

The Doctoral Study Centre provides a gateway for those studying at London Seminary to the considerable primary and secondary sources held at PRTS in their Puritan Research Centre, specializing in the Dutch ‘Second Reformation’, English Puritanism, and American Puritanism.

Alongside that wider access for students, the Doctoral Study Centre offers a PhD programme in Historical Theology (Reformation and Post-Reformation). The programme is distinctive for its evangelical and Reformed theological approach, its concern to blend academic rigour with biblical piety, and, compared to a UK PhD, its significant taught component.

The course consists of twelve taught modules, followed by a dissertation. Students have up to six years to complete the entire course. Modules are taught by PRTS faculty, and are taken in Grand Rapids, at London Seminary, or online.

To complete the course, students must demonstrate a proficiency in two research languages from among Latin, German, French, Spanish, Portuguese, or Dutch.

Admission to the course requires a Master’s level degree in theology (or, in US terms, a ThM), including the study of Hebrew and Greek. If you apply from a country with an academic structure different than in the US, you will need to give full details of your theological studies. 

There are generous scholarships available to help with paying course fees.

Find out full details of the programme on the PRTS website and in PRTS’s PhD Handbook.

If you would like to apply for a place on the PhD course, please email Applications are made online via PRTS, but we can help to advise.